Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Soundcheck: Fresh Music Festival, Girl In a Coma, Tyler Hilton, Luciano, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band

FRESH MUSIC FESTIVAL

Featuring Keith Sweat, Guy, SWV, K-Ci and Jo-Jo, hosted by Doug E. Fresh

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $39.50-$75. (813) 974-3002.

The first concert at the newly renovated USF Sun Dome is the Fresh Music Festival on Saturday. After undergoing a $35.6 million refurbishment, including upgraded seats, a new sound system and new lighting, the venue will settle in with some smooth Jacuzzi jams from kings of New Jack Swing Keith Sweat (Nobody) and Guy (Let's Chill). Other slow-rolling romanticists K-Ci and Jo-Jo (All My Life) and SWV (Weak) promise silky yearning over 808-style R&B. The revamped Sun Dome, and its unique capacity (11,000 for concerts), should draw more mid-range shows like these. And that's great news for Tampa Bay music fans.

, Girl In a Coma

With the Honorable South, the Slow Changes

Details: Monday 7 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10 and up. Facebook.com/thelocal662.

For a band named after a reliably melancholic '87 single from the Smiths, Texican trio Girl In a Coma hardly seems sulky. Take Clumsy Sky, the thundering alt-punk song that earned the bright-eyed Latinas an Independent Music Award. How about an especially dreamy pop-rock rendition of Patsy Cline's Walking After Midnight? That's not to say the Smiths' influence isn't there. The ladies even toured with Morrissey for a run. Composed of sisters Nina and Phanie Diaz and long-time friend Jenn Alva, the group released Exits and All the Rest via Joan Jetts' Blackheart Records last year.

Tyler Hilton

With Dion Roy, My Name Forever, New Cathedral

Details: Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. theorpheum.com.

Tyler Hilton portrayed Elvis Presley in Walk the Line and musician Chris Keller on the CW television show One Tree Hill. Wednesday, he'll just be Tyler, a singer-songwriter who knows his way around coffeehouse-style hooks. Hilton's warm, scratchy voice is undoubtedly chart-friendly, so you'd be smart to see him in an intimate setting while you can.

Luciano

With Warrior King

Details: Saturday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25-$30. (727) 565-0551.

"Music's gotta be more than beats," says Luciano, a second-generation reggae singer and poet. One of roots-reggae's biggest champions in the digital dancehall era, Luciano condemns vulgarity and slackness (common to dancehall) and instead offers slow-building, sticky-sweet tunes with religious overtones. If you like Third World or Steel Pulse, give Luciano a spin. This show was originally scheduled for the now-closed Hawaiian Village at Stadium Green Iguana.

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band

With Beeb$ and Her Money Maker$

Details: Sunday 5 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.

For a quick fix of cheek-moving glee, check out Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band. The not-so-seriously-named band has some downright serious chops, particularly in the horn and rhythm departments. The jazz-jam-funk group, who's logged some major road miles with Booty Collins, should go over well with fans of Parliament, Lettuce or Galactic.

Times correspondent Carole Liparoto can be reached at [email protected]

   
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